compensation: $21/hr with health care after 3 months employment type: part-time
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Part-time Advocate with Partners in Prevention Education (PiPE)
Please e-mail a one-page cover letter addressing your interest in the position and qualifications, a current resume, and three references to email@example.com. Please include the application as a Word docx or PDF attachment, not as an e-mail text. No phone calls please.
Application Due: July 21st, 2019
Hours per week: 25
Rate of Pay: $21/hr
Benefits: Prorated paid holidays, vacation and sick days. Benefits will start 3 months after initial hire, following a 2 month trial period.
Advocate will regularly staff three drop-ins per week, and will take direction from current Direct Service staff on what support and fill-in shifts are needed week to week. Drop-ins are always staffed by at least 2 advocates at a time.
Background of PiPE Roles:
Being an Advocate at PiPE requires the ability to fulfill many different roles and adapt to many different circumstances. We are an organization that functions as both a survivor advocacy and houseless service, and the overlap of these conditions makes for a unique work environment that can be unpredictable. Our day-time drop-ins operate out of a house rather than an office building, and it may be the only house that many of our participants have access to for rest and meeting other basic needs. The Advocate and other staff facilitate the use of the house during drop-ins and get to know participants through easy times and hard times and everything in between.
We understand that all of our participants are survivors of violence, whether it be interpersonal or institutional. We approach our relationships with unconditional positive regard, trauma-informed care, and harm reduction practices. In order to make our services as accessible as possible, all of our services are offered with the least amount of barriers possible. Applicant must be comfortable and capable of working with people who may be under the influence of various substances, struggling with acute crisis, mental illness, or chronic stress. Participants may be any age, and any gender including transgender and gender non-conforming. PiPE prioritizes marginalized survivors who are 30 and under, and partners with each participant to address their needs in accordance with their priorities and values.
Duties after 2 month trial period:
- Conduct in-reach through drop-ins on Saturdays and Sundays (and another day TBD) to homeless and at-risk youth and adults, including LGBTQIA youth and adults, for the purpose of building and maintaining trust, increasing awareness of PiPE’s services and gathering input on these services, and to ensure that this position stays directly connected to the issues faced by this community.
- Remain somewhat flexible, as hours may vary from week to week, aside from regular drop-in schedule. Program Coordination Team will provide direction as to what support is needed week to week.
- Provide staff relief, with notice.
- Occasionally, work on research and organizational projects to support other staff and the Program Coordination Team.
- Provide crisis intervention when appropriate and referrals to services when needed.
- Be comfortable and competent de-escalating conflict appropriately.
- Accompany participants to appointments when necessary. Advocacy appointments may be for legal issues, medical issues, or at another social service.
- Maintain good relationships with local law enforcement, businesses, and community partners.
- Work with PiPE staff to submit quarterly and Year-End Reports. Maintain open communication with Board of Directors and stakeholders.
- Co-coordinate with other staff to manage supplies for in-reach.
- Along with other staff, participate in the maintenance and cleanliness of PiPE.
- Attend the amount of required continuing education annually as outlined in PiPE’s funding contracts.
- Attend weekly staff meetings and participate in evaluations of yourself and other staff members.
* Have completed 30+ hours of advocacy training, either the SafePlace Sexual and Domestic Violence Advocacy training, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Program's training, or equivalent, or be willing to complete within six months of hire.
* A strong understanding of Anti-Oppression theory and practices, and experience working with these models.
* Cultural humility and personal or professional experience working with youth and young adults who are homeless/street-involved.
* Cultural humility regarding marginalized groups, such as homeless people, youth, LGBTQ people, and people of color.
* Knowledge of sexual and/or labor exploitation, sexual assault, domestic violence and their intersections with homelessness and marginalization.
* Experience in prioritization and problem solving.
* The ability to communicate with a variety of people in numerous emotional and professional contexts, both verbally and in writing.
* An ability to promote a healing and supportive environment for participants, staff and volunteers at-risk of experiencing the effects of compound and/or vicarious trauma.
* Experience establishing and maintaining working relationships with coworkers, community organizations, and/or team environments.
* Ability to work independently as well as take direction from other staff.
* Ability to manage stress.
*Experience setting professional boundaries
* Commitment to PiPE's mission and philosophy. A strong desire to advocate on behalf of and in partnership with marginalized community groups in support of equality, non-violence and social justice.
* Valid driver's license, insurance, and access to a vehicle.
* Experience working in a professional manner with survivors/victims of oppression and crimes against people.
* Experience working with culturally and linguistically appropriate sexual assault or domestic violence services.
* A working knowledge of the court system, law enforcement systems, and legal procedures and experience interacting in a professional manor with people in the legal and medical systems.
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